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Aamchi Mumbai in Namma Chennai

Hi Friends,

People who have some connection with Mumbai could possibly have visited the “Haji Ali” Juice centre in Worli. I personally was introduced to this shop in 2007 by my colleague. The shop has been in existence from 1937 and draws celebrities as well. It is well open till midnight and the food/ juices are a treat.

The same Haji Ali Juice Centre has opened their outlet in Chennai. This is their second outlet outside Mumbai (they have in Dubai as well). The outlet is 25 days old. It is located in “Murugesa Naicker Office Complex” in Greams Road. It is a bustling office area and hence there should be crowd during working days. It is a pure veg eat-out. The outlet is clean and cozy. The interiors are done in Black & White. The staff are courteous and helpful. The one thing that sets apart the Mumbai and the Chennai shop is the ambience.

Famous_Haji_Ali_Juice_Centre Chennai_Haji Ali

 

 

 

 The menu is simple and clean – Sandwiches, Pizzas, Rolls, Juices, Milkshakes, Faloodas and Fruit Creams. The price is affordable and a good meal for 2 would cost around Rs.300/- My recommendations from the menu would be Haji Ali Special Pizza, Pomegrante Juice and Custard Apple Cream (Seasonal based).

I would personally see more of these famous restaurants from the other parts of the country in Chennai. The first thing would be the traditional MTR of Bangalore in Chennai and Paradise Biryani of Hyderabad. What would you want to see in Chennai??

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Analysis of Dasavatharam Movie – Part II

Vamana avatar – Kalifulla khan Khalifullah Khan

Remember in vamana avatar, lord vishnu takes the vishvaroopa, that is the giant form! Hence the giant kalifulla here symbolises vamana avatar.

Parasurama avatar – Christian Fletcher

 Christian Fletcher

Parasurama is actually on an angry killing spree and killed 21 generations of the particular kshatriya vamsa. Hence the real KILLER… Guess what that’s what our Fletcher is! He comes around with the gun [modern upgrade for axe] and kills everyone around.

Narasimha avatar – Shingen Narahashi Singhei Narashi

First of all the name itself is a play on the words singam [means lion in tamil] and narasimha [the avatar being symbolised]. Lord Narasimha manifests himelf to kill the bad guy and he also teaches prahaladha. In the movie, he shows up to kill the killer fletcher! and is also a teacher.. Lord Narasimha had to kill the asura with bare hands and hence the martial arts exponent here.. get it?

Rama avatar – Avatar Singh Avtar Singh

Lord Rama stands for the one man one woman maxim, kind of symbolising true love.. Here Avatar portrays that spirit by saying that he loves his woman more than anything and wants to live for her.

Kalki avatar – Govindaraj Ramasamy Govind

As you know, the hero in kaliyug can be none other than the Kalki avatar!!!

Koorma avatar – Bush George Bush

This is the most loose adaptation I couldn’t clearly comprehend. But if you look at the real koorma avatar, the lord is the turtle/tortoise that helps in stirring the ksheera sagara and bringing out the amruth. This essentially creates war among the devas and asuras. Similarly today Bush facilitates war between you know whom… May be Kamal also indicates that this avatar is a bit dumb like the tortoise…

 

Dasavatharam is a brilliant and bold effort which talks about the physics of Karma,Chaos theory and cycle of life. I came across across Dr.Kamal Hassan’s words about Dasa on the internet:

“This theory is under the skin of the film and you will find little veins, tissues and muscles, every layer of it. One is the chaos theory — we are all connected to everyone in the world. None of our acts will be without effects. One act will collide with another. It is like what you learnt in physics — where one object crashes into another object and produces something else. This is basically our sensibilities, insensibilities, crime, disregard for society and good deeds.In religion, it is called good karma. It all comes around because there is some physics to it but we are not talking about it in bombastic terms as people will come for entertainment and will understand it in the process”.

 Dasa talks about this chaos theory by showing how different characters are responsible for the change in life patern of scientist Govind and goes a step further by showing how Govind is reponsible for the change in life patterns of these characters (For instance Avtaar singh is cured of cancer because of Fletcher who comes into picture because of govind.If not for them, he would have undergone the operation and would have never been able to sing for the rest of his life. Similarly Khalifulla khan and the other 200 people wouldnt have been alive if they were not asked to stay in the mosque for investigation regarding govind’s case). All this has been beautifully captured in the movie.So there is no question of unwanted extra roles or anything of that sort.All the 10 characters are well etched and very important!!

Next, Dasa also talks about the physics of Karma.

Dasavatharam deals with this brilliantly.

Assuming Govind is the rebirth of Nambi, they are totally the opposites. Nambi dies having faith in god,but Govind is an atheist. So it balances the so called Karma equation. This also applies to asin(though the other way round) 12th century asin is ready to give up her belief in Lord Vishnu for the sake of her husband. But andal is a stonch believer in god who always tries to safeguard the statue.

 The Tsunami can be thought of as the butterfly effect of the statue that was drowned in the 12th century or a natural occurence that resulted in a miracle by saving millions of lives or whatever. But it also imples that it made govind and andal reunite in front of the same statue where they were seperated 800 years back!!

Finally, Dasavatharam says life is nothing but a cycle.You are bound to experience the effects of your actions either now, or in the future,or in your next birth. You are provided with the free will to do what you want with your current life. But your actions will not only affect you but also the peolpe around you resulting in a buttefly effect which might lead to unbelievable consequences in some part of the world. You have to experience the effects for what you have caused. Until then life keeps repeating like a cycle.

The movie clearly states about Chaos Theory and Butterfly Effect [Kamal says it in his Speech in the Movie]. 

The concept of “CHAOS THEORY” and “BUTTERFLY EFFECT”, by itself is a complex concept, which mainly highlights the happening of huge unimaginable things because of least probable things…!!!!

In essence,Dasa talks about 10 characters who are inconsequential as such,but are integrated in a larger picture.Without Bush,the plane would have been called back.Without Shinghen, Govind would be dead.Without the tsunami,the world would have been destroyed.Even Krishnaveni Patti plays a very important role.If she had not put the vial in the idol,maybe Govind would have recovered it then and there and a powerful weapon would have been unleashed.The very fact that it went into the idol meant that it was being accelerated to its destiny.Without Kaifulla Khan, Govind would have never escaped;the list simply goes on.

Check this link for a clear and complete explanation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect

 In the above links u can see that butterfly’s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain location. So in dasavatharam that idol thrown into sea in 12th century is the cause for tsunami…. so everything is interlinked .The wiki entry also says that chaos could play an important role in plate techtonics. Which means even the 12th century incident is connected.

 The 1st scene is perfectly connected to the climax, remember what Kamal says in the 1st scene, that he will not say “Om Nama Shivaya” , but Asin tells him to chant it , but still Kamal refuses , ( in this kamal in his story tries to tell that ) Nambi believes in his god more than anything, but Asin feels “Its ok if we change the god or chant other god’s name, its life thats most important.” Now if u see the climax its JUST OPPOSITE…. Kamal doesn’t believe in god much and values lives of people the most…. but Asin deeply believes in god and that too this dialogue comes when both Asin and Kamal’s hand is on the god which came from the sea , and it also means that they are getting united from the place they departed hundreds of years back ( Kamal and Asin).The connection between the 1st scene and the climax in the movie shows the generation circle combined with supernatural powers of GOD and destiny…..!!!

If you watch it closely u can also find another actor who has done double action other than Asin and Kamal. Asin’s father Sahasranamam [12th Century], in the beginning he says to Nambi “Panchatchira manthirathai sollitu vaango mappillai” and at the End [After tsunami] he says “Avar enna jathiyo inga vaanga paati “.

Nambi explanation

 

Okay, this is slightly outside the chaotic system driving the film as a whole.From what I could gather he says that this story is about ideologies like God,the madness surrounding such ideologies and decides to tell the story of the Shaivite-Vaishnavite conflict to show how people go crazy in the name of God as an example.

 

As a loose end,it gets tied up in the end,when the Ranganathar idol is thrown out of the sea due to the tsunami which highlights the cyclic nature of life.Actually the Nambi character highlights both Chaos and Karma which I explained.That is the brilliance of this film,there is so much to see and understand.

 

Another explanation(and this is slightly far fetched— as explained earlier) is that Govind is in fact the reincarnation of Nambi. As Nambi he couldn’t protect God and died in the name of God.In order to fulfill his Karma,he is reincarnated as Govind Ramasamy who ultimately saves the world from destruction.The idol in the end somewhat hints to this theory; his story began with the idol and it ends with the idol.

As far as the connection with Nambi character and events in 12th Century goes…

The connection is based on the “Butterfly effect “.

When Govind and Andal goes to the bury the idol in the sands, Andal will stumble on a particular stone couple of times…This is the same stone as the one from 12th Century hen Kothai rips her Thaali and flings it at Kulothunga Chozan…it will end up hanging on the stone. So, the implied message here is Andal is Kothai reborn in the 21s century.

During the encounter with Santhana Bharathi in the sand quarry, it is repeat of the incident from 12th century. Instead of Kulothunga Chozhan, it is the Sand Mafia which tries to inflict damage on the land.

This movie is a brilliant juxtaposition of independent characters whose paths cross, if only briefly, which is stunning example of Chaos Theory.

The idol that is drowned in the sea along with Rangarajan in 12th century by Chozha king results in a fault being developed at the bottom of the ocean and creates tremors more than 800 years later. These tremors result in the Tsunami. This again is a classic case of Butterfly Effect wherein a seemingly inconsequential event (the drowning of the idol) saves Tamil Nadu from being wiped out off the face of the earth.

But actually Kamal has not left anything for our imagination… Explanation struck the right chord, Kamal does tell to Asin in a dialogue that idol which gets sunken back then gets struck between the tectonic plates under the sea and causes tsunami…

Many people missed this dialogue i guess. Kamal’s accent was so very perfect Tamil, that many people missed it…. Being perfect Is a Problem by Itself !!! 🙂

Although the explanation is a least possible theory, that is what “Chaos Theory” And “Butterfly Effect” are all about.

Its not just the statue that caused the tsunami, but it just started a large chain of effects which kept multiplying exponentially and finally lead to it after 800 years….!!

Why just say this concept is perfectly illogical… it is possible… thats what i have been explaining all the while !!!

The story line is that things going wrong are made to be right which involves many people and countries knowingly or unknowingly.

Knowingly:

Bush, Manmohan Singh, Govindh, Fletcher, Balaram Naidu, Mallika Sherawath.

 Unknowingly: 

  • Nambi’s drowning to death with the heavy statue causes simple changes to the seabed that causes a devastating tsunami 800 years later [Acc. to Chaos theor it is possible…. although it is least probable… It is possible.. so nothing TOTALLY WRONG About it ]
  • Poovaragan(actually saved kamal unknowingly—when poovaragan enters kamal and asin were caught by those manal kollayargal.There poovaragan distracts the gang helping kamal to escape),
  • Avatar Singh(gave way to Fletcher to escape in the airport unknowingly),
  • Japanese(saved govind from fletcher,he knows he is saving but he doesnt know about the play and was there only for revenge),
  • Kallifulla and family(saved govind unknowingly)……..
  • Vincent is a dalit leader of a lower caste( the so called ) but saved an Iyengar Girl ……and at the end becomes the con of the Iyengar Paati !!
  • If Shingen Narahashi’s sister was not killed, Fletcher could have killed govind and used the virus for wrong purpose..

It is marvellous that Kamal has used such a device in Abhoorva Saghodhararghal, way back in 1989. To kill Delhi Ganesh, for those of you who do not remember… yet another Eg. of Chaos Theory And butterfly Effect !

 The plot concept of Dasavadhaaram is logically explained by a machine used by Him in His own screenplay back then too, before 20 Years!! Be it a coincidence, or He possibly had that in mind as an inspiration, it amazes me!!

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Ad’s that try to add value

Hi Friends,

Wikipedia says: Advertising is a form of communication that typically attempts to persuade potential customers to purchase or to consume more of a particular brand of product or service.

Ad’s have taken a new definition these days with the use of technology and revenue spend on par with movies. Ad’s were at a point confined to studio sets, but now people traverse the world for the right location.

Take the Zoo-Zoo’s ad’s of Vodaphone or the Airtel Corporate Mobile Ad’s. These ad’s need to necessarily translate into customers for them. I strongly belive that the % of people shifting to Vodafone/ taking a new vodaphone connection might not be for Zoo-Zoo. These ad’s are more seen as a reminder to the customer that “we are present” and also try to entertain people. Airtel believes in using A.R.Rahman, Saif, Kareena, Zaheer Khan etc, while Vodafone sticks to its basic content. The concept of Zoo-Zoo and a pug following a kid are examples of how Vodafone is willing to go that extra mile and support creativity.

The ACT II Popcorn ad tries to take a dig at all ad’s. There is neither a person/ character. It is plain simple text message that says ad’s are created so that people could go and make themselves a pack of ACT II popcorn. I think this is sheer creativity by its own.

Some ad’s also take into account the technical brilliance available today. The Eveready ad’s of the 80’s and 90’s had models, BIG B etc screaming for “giveme RED”. The latest ad goes with a disclaimer that says, the ad has been made using LED lights and Eveready battery. There is a small story line of a cat chasing a mouse, all made using LED light movement. Before you understand the ad, the ad finishes which also makes you watch it for the second time.

The Happydent ad, which had royal workers all hanging from chandeliers, to car headlights to stadium lamps won quite a few awards at functions. Not all ad’s are supposedly the best. I happened to watch a Royal Enfield Thunderbird ad. The theme is “Leave Home”. The story line goes like this: A SE Asian girl gives birth toa  male child in the labor room and she tells the doc not to cut the umbilical cord. The boy grows up with the cord and through various scenes, like school room, football ground etc the teenage boy seems to be tied to his mother. He then sees a Thunderbird Bike and due to this bike, he decides to cut the bond and the mom is seen sobbing. The ad ends with the tag line “Leave Home”. I saw this in a theatre, and the expression of the crowd was bad.

There are many run-of the mill ad’s that fail to create an impact, while some do create an long-lasting impact. Do write/ comment on the ad’s that  made you think, laugh, slash your wrists, slam the TV, curse the director, cry, etc.

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Back in Chennai

Had a long flight from TVM to Chennai (12:30 to 2:30), marking the completion of my visit from Kerala. Had to rush back to office for completing a report.

There was an ATC (Air Traffic Controller) officer sitting beside me. She was sharing a lot of insights on the way flights are handled. ATC is the “Eye and Ear” of the pilots and they guide them as to how the flight needs to be taken off and landed etc. Some figures she threw to me are:

Chennai airport handles 350 flights (take-off + landing) per day while Mumbai and Delhi has 60o or so. That makes it approximately 15 flights an hour.

There are around 125 staff who work on 4 shifts (8 hours makes it tiring). Certain peak hours like between 8 Pm-10 PM, 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM are when the team  of both shifts work concurrently.

Apart from handling the flight destined for Chennai, the ATC also handles flights passing through Chennai without a stop-over.

Phew !! I thought how people could day in and day out work on directing some one how to land, take off, queue etc

Celebrity Meet

In the flight today, I met the GREAT PERCUSSIONIST IN CARNATIC MUSIC, Mr. Umayalpuram Sivaraman. Had a brief chat with him (though my music knowledge in next to 0, may be 0.01). Then when i followed up on his write up did I get to know the greatness of this person.

More about him @ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umayalpuram_K._Sivaraman

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Continuing in GOC

I was to return to Chennai tonight, but with the high airfare (11000/-) from TVM to Chennai, my company wisely asked me to stay back and take a morning flight. Gives me time to upload my blog today as well as relax from the tiring work today. I happened to visit some Govt offices today. Their World seems to revolve among the Non-A/C rooms, a deep smell of the wooden storage units & old papers, 10-5 clocks etc . Every desk was loaded with so much paper/ files and people were still chatting away to glory. With so much e-governance initiatives being spoken, wonder when the complete integration would happen. For Eg: The Pass was issued in a hand written format and there is a security lapse

More importantly, my work times have become like those Govt offices since we are doing some work for them. All my meetings wrap by 5 and I have a lot of time for myself (Though I need to work from my room for the report). I picked up this book “Where the Rain in Born” compiled by Anita Nair. I chanced upon this book in Centre for Development Studies in TVM. I picked this one today. This book has writings by Anita Nair, Shashi Tharoor, Ramachandra Guha, Vaikkom Mohamed, Kamala Das and loads of others. There is a Kerala connection with all these writers which they describe from their writings. A good read material.

In my earlier post, I had talked about SWINE FLU and AIDS. The connection was posted by my friend Sakthi. I felt that the devil deserves its due.

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